Two of the top boys high school lacrosse teams in the country square off at Rafferty Stadium and the game will be streamed live on the HAN Network on Wednesday, June 8. The Connecticut Class L semifinal between No. 1 Darien and No. 5 Ridgefield will be the second part of a doubleheader of lacrosse semifinals live in streaming HD.
At 5 p.m., we’ll have the Class M semifinal between No. 6 Daniel Hand (Madison) and No. 10 New Fairfield. At 7 p.m., we’ll have a rematch of last year’s Class L final between the defending champion Blue Wave and Tigers.
You can watch all the action streaming in live HD at HAN.Network and our affiliate websites including FCIAC.net, DarienTimes.com and TheRidgefieldPress.com.
Darien, which won its third-straight FCIAC Championship over rival New Canaan, is going for its third-straight state championship. The Blue Wave beat Ridgefield, 6-5, in the 2015 Class L final. Darien won the Class M final in 2014 before being bumped up to join the larger schools. You can watch the 2016 FCIAC final here and the 2015 Class L final here.
Ridgefield (15-2 in the state), seeded 5th in the 2016 CIAC Class L tournament, beat Conard 22-2 in the first round, then defeated FCIAC foe Staples, 13-5, in the quarterfinals. Darien (18-0 in the state) beat Shelton, 22-1, in the first round; the Wave knocked out Fairfield Ludlowe, 13-2, in the quarters.
The winner of Darien-Ridgefield will play either Simsbury or Fairfield Prep in the Class L championship on Saturday at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. The CIAC Championships can be watched on the NFHS Network.
Darien has been ranked in at least the Top 10 of every national boys lacrosse poll you can find — and there are several. Ridgefield has also garnered some votes — floating around the Top 25 late in the season. Both of these teams have been featured on the HAN Network a few times during the regular season. You can watch our past Darien coverage here and Ridgefield coverage here.
In the first game on Wednesday, Daniel Hand (12-6) takes on New Fairfield (11-7). The winner will play either New Canaan or Joel Barlow in the Class M championship on Saturday in Norwalk.
To get to the semifinals, Hand beat Berlin, 19-4, in the first round, then shutout Pomperaug, 16-0, in the quarterfinals. New Fairfield beat Bunnell, 11-4, in the first round, then edged Guilford, 10-9, in the quarters.
2016 spring playoffs
You can watch HAN’s 2016 FCIAC (and the state’s CIAC tournament) Spring Postseason games, including the FCIAC boys lacrosse tournament for free on-demand at this link.
Click here for the complete broadcast schedule. While HAN has broadcasting and streaming rights to FCIAC games, the CIAC’s state playoffs have limited availability. Many of the non-HAN broadcasts can be seen on the NFHS Network.
How to watch
The HAN Network live broadcast of the game can at HAN.Network, and on affiliate websites including FCIAC.net. The stream usually starts 10 minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. Rob Adams and crew join you five minutes before the contest begins. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for the latest updates.
The HAN Network, formerly known as Hersam Acorn Newspapers, is the exclusive FCIAC broadcast partner through the spring of 2018. HAN Network’s broadcasting division replaced HANRadio.com with a new focus on live video streams of high school athletics along with the Network’s news and lifestyle programming.
Along with Connecticut high school sports contests, HAN broadcasts a daily news program, Coffee Break, focusing on southwestern Connecticut at 11 a.m. and a sports talk show, Nutmeg Sports, Monday-Wednesday. You can watch all the shows at HAN.Network or on demand at live.HAN.Network/han-on-demand/.